Dwight Moody Day in Lacrosse, VA

The Town of Lacrosse proclaimed September 19, 2009, as “Dwight L. Moody Jr. Day”. Dwight’s long journey began in Lacrosse and was the launching pad to share his music in 28 countries around the world, plus Southeast Asia and South America. Dwight credits three things that made his life a success, first when he made Christ the center of his life, second when Christ gave him Cathy, his wife to share his life with for fifty years, and third, the day he was asked to become a Rotarian. All of these events made it possible for him to share his love of music.

You are invited to attend the celebration with Dwight and friends at “The Commerce Center” (the former Lacrosse High School) auditorium located on Carter Street in Lacrosse. There will be a free concert presented by Dwight and his sons, The Moody Brothers and his seven grandchildren, beginning at 7 PM.

The family will be staying at The South Hill Hampton Inn, 200Thompson Road, South Hill, Virginia. You can make reservations by calling 434-447-4600. Tell the desk clerk you are with the “The Moody Family” to receive a discount for your nights stay.

Come help celebrate this very special day with Dwight and his family.

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